Jett Lawrence Bounces Back to Win at Thunder Valley, Haiden Deegan Extends Lead

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The Pro Motocross Championship stormed into the Rocky Mountains for a thrilling Round 3 at Thunder Valley Motocross Park. The high-altitude test saw a variety of weather conditions, but one thing remained constant: intense racing action.

450 Class

Jett Lawrence - Thunder Valley National

Jett Lawrence (2-1) returned to the top step of the podium in Colorado.
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Jett Lawrence (Team Honda HRC) rebounded from a crash last week to capture a dramatic win and reassert himself in the title fight. His brother, Hunter Lawrence (Team Honda HRC), nearly stole the show with a first-moto victory, but Jett edged him out in the second moto for the overall win. Justin Cooper (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) rode consistently to secure his first career 450 Class podium finish in third place overall.

Moto 1

Hunter Lawrence - Thunder Valley National

Hunter Lawrence (1-2) just missed out on his first 450 Class victory
but now sits atop the championship standings.
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Hunter Lawrence took the early lead with Jett close behind. The brothers battled for the top spot throughout the moto, ultimately with Hunter claiming victory by eight seconds. Cooper followed in third, while Justin Barcia (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) and Aaron Plessinger (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the top five.

Justin Cooper - Thunder Valley National

Justin Cooper (3-3) spent most of the afternoon out front
and earned his first career 450 Class podium result.
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Moto 2

Cooper grabbed the holeshot again, but a determined Chase Sexton (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) charged through the field to take second. Sexton then challenged Cooper for the lead, but a mistake forced him back. Jett Lawrence capitalized, passing his brother Hunter for the win. The Lawrence brothers finished 1-2, with Cooper a close third.

Jett Lawrence spoke about his win: "Going into the second moto, my legs were shot, but I dug deep and just kept telling myself to stay there. I capitalized on a mistake by Hunter and kept going after JCoop. I didn't necessarily expect to be up here, but it feels awesome after last weekend."

Overall: The identical moto finishes resulted in a tie for points, but Jett's second-moto win gave him the tiebreaker over Hunter. This marks Jett's 13th career win.

250 Class

Haiden Deegan - Thunder Valley National

Haiden Deegan (1-2) captured his third straight win of the season.
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Haiden Deegan (Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing) continued his dominant run, extending his points lead with a third consecutive overall victory. Chance Hymas (Team Honda HRC) enjoyed a breakout day, grabbing his first career podium finish with a runner-up effort. Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the top three.

Moto 1

Deegan battled Vialle for the lead, ultimately reclaiming the top spot after a brief slip-up by Vialle. Levi Kitchen (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) finished third.

Moto 2

Chance Hymas - Thunder Valley National

Chance Hymas (4-1) enjoyed a breakout afternoon with a runner-up effort.
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Hymas surprised everyone with a commanding wire-to-wire victory. Deegan followed closely in second, with Jo Shimoda (Team Honda HRC) securing third.

Haiden Deegan commented on his win: "We had the overall and now we have three [wins] in a row. The hard work is paying off."

Hymas was emotional after his breakout performance: "I'm speechless right now. There was a point in time where I didn't think this was possible. I'm just grateful to be here."

Tom Vialle - Thunder Valley National

Tom Vialle (2-4) finished on the podium for the third time this season.
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Next Up

The Pro Motocross Championship heads to legendary High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania for Round 4 on June 15th. Catch all the live streaming action on Peacock. Purchase tickets today at